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By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

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By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

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On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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RPC triumphs as Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards

RPC took home the top prize at last night’s 20th anniversary edition of The Lawyer Awards, securing Law Firm of the Year for its “trailblazing” success. Law Firm of the Year, sponsored by the event’s headline sponsor Travelers, is the top award of the night. The firm was recognised for its financial and strategic achievements […]

The accountants really are coming

We all know that the Big Four are eyeing the legal market again – and this time, they want to get it right. The question is, are law firms ready and able to defend their perch? Deloitte prepares to take on the UK legal market Beware the acquisitive accountant Accountants aren’t kidding with ABS this […]

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A&O, Herbies and Macfarlanes keep Virgin panel spots after review

Allen & Overy (A&O), Herbert Smith Freehills and Macfarlanes are among eight firms to have retained positions of Virgin Group’s panel following an informal review. Virgin Group launched a full audit of its legal advisory roster with the aim of assessing the existing relationships with its panel firms in November (12 November 2013). The wide-ranging […]

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